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Cordish to open new Pennsylvania casino on January 19


Real estate and entertainment business Cordish Companies has announced that it is to open its new Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia venue in Pennsylvania on January 19, just two months after work started on the project.

The facility will host a series of reservation-only preview days for Live! Rewards Club members, before opening to the general public on February 11, pending final regulatory approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Existing Live! Rewards Club members can make reservations for the preview days, while guests who are not currently Live! Rewards members can also reserve their place for the preview days at

The 510,000sq ft property will feature more than 2,100 slots and electronic table games, 150 live-action table games, a 29-table poker room, FanDuel sportsbook, a 208-room hotel and a number of dining and entertainment options.

In addition, Cordish will put in place a ‘Play It Safe’ health and sanitation plan to help protect staff and customers during the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic,

This will feature the new ‘Reel Clear’ slot management system, which ensures all customers who play a slot machine play at a freshly sanitised machine, with the ability to socially distance from other players on nearby machines.

“We are beyond excited to go Live! in Philadelphia and bring this world-class gaming and entertainment destination to the heart of the Stadium District,” Cordish Gaming Group executive vice president said Joe Billhimer said.

“What we have created here is unrivalled anywhere in the country. Sports fans, foodies, gaming enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a night of fun and excitement only has to make one stop to experience it all.”

Work on the new facility in Westmoreland County only began in mid-November. Cordish already has an online presence in Pennsylvania igaming market, having rolled out PlayLive! branded site in partnership with GAN last August.

This week, casino operator Bally’s Corporation revealed plans to expand its operations into Pennsylvania, setting out proposals to open a new land-based venue and launch sports betting and igaming in the state.

Working with real estate and private equity investor, and former Valley Forge Casino owner, Ira Lubert, Bally’s plans to design, develop, construct and manage a new Category 4 licensed casino.